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Christian Couple Unveil Anti-Gay Billboard After Losing Legal Battle To Gay Couple

| by Jonathan Constante

A one-stop wedding venue in Iowa has been shut down after refusing to provide service to a gay couple.

For 13 years, the Görtz Haus Gallery has served its Grimes, Idaho, community as a restaurant and flower shop. Now, the former owners, Betty and Dick Odgaard, are starting a new organization to defend “traditional marriage,” My Fox Houston reported.

The organization is called God’s Original Design Ministry. It promotes marriage between a man and a woman, and the first billboard went up in Durant, Oklahoma, on July 24.

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The new business comes in the wake of an intense legal battle between the Odgaards and a gay couple, who were refused service at the Görtz Haus Gallery in 2013. The two who were refused service, Lee Stafford and Jared Ellars, would ultimately win a $5,000 settlement pay out in the case.

The Odgaards are now hoping to spread their message across the country. They plan to raise enough money to place 999 additional messages across America.

“It has become very obvious that many people of faith have wandered from the word, and/or are deeply confused with this issue,” Betty told The Blaze. “With that, the primary objective our mission with these billboards is to spark ‘drive-time epiphanies.’ In other words, to remind the faithful of the truth.”

The Odgaards revealed earlier this summer that a church will likely start renting in the same building where Görtz Haus Gallery was located.

Sources: My Fox Houston, The Blaze

Photo Credit: The Blaze